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* RealityEnsues: Mr. Hoofington comments that due to the missing color, he has difficulty telling the difference between fresh and unripe apricots, causing his apricot pies to suffer in quality.


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* SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome: Mr. Hoofington comments that due to the missing color, he has difficulty telling the difference between fresh and unripe apricots, causing his apricot pies to suffer in quality.


* {{Revision}}: This special elaborates on the concept of "Hopeless Magic", which was first seen back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony Part 2]]" but wasn't referred to by name or explored then. Like Twilight before them, the ponies of Hope Hollow lost all of their color due to the town collectively crossing the DespairEventHorizon. With help from the Mane Six, acts of kindness and friendship restored their hope, and restoring their color.

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* RealityEnsues: Mr. Hoofington comments that due to the missing color, he has difficulty telling the difference between fresh and unripe apricots, causing his apricot pies to suffer in quality.
* {{Revision}}: This special elaborates on the in-universe concept of "Hopeless Magic", which was first seen back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony Part 2]]" but wasn't referred to by name or explored then. Like Twilight before them, the ponies of Hope Hollow lost all of their color due to the town collectively crossing the DespairEventHorizon. With help from the Mane Six, acts of kindness and friendship restored their hope, and restoring their color.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. Sketchiness aside, Sunny Skies knows of the Mane Six's general heroics and invited the group to Hope Hollow in hopes that their reputation can help him with generating enthusiasm for the Rainbow Festival.


* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow before finding out too late its a rainbow ''billboard'' which destroys their balloon and sending them crashing down.


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* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow before finding out too late its a rainbow ''billboard'' which destroys their balloon and sends them crashing down.


* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow. They are quickly proven wrong when the "rainbow" destroys their balloon and sends them crashing down.

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* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow. They are quickly proven wrong when the "rainbow" rainbow before finding out too late its a rainbow ''billboard'' which destroys their balloon and sends sending them crashing down.


-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I Spy with my little eye, a rainbow.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Great. We're playing that game now?
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' No, I really do spy a rainbow.

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-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I Spy with my little eye, a rainbow.
-->'''Rainbow
rainbow.\\
'''Rainbow
Dash:''' Great. We're playing that game now?
-->'''Pinkie
now?\\
'''Pinkie
Pie:''' No, I really do spy a rainbow.



->'''Fluttershy''': Wait for it...
->[beat]
->'''Moody Root''': Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!

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->'''Fluttershy''': -->'''Fluttershy:''' Wait for it...
->[beat]
->'''Moody Root''':
it...\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Moody Root:'''
Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!


* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Rainbow Roadtrip'' through its general LighterAndSofter plot, animation, and theme, strongly invokes ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' rather than the parent ''Friendship Is Magic'' series. The plot is very simple and laid back SliceOfLife fare with low stakes and there's [[NoAntagonist no villain]] or even an antagonist involved in this special whatsoever.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Rainbow Roadtrip'' through its general LighterAndSofter plot, animation, and theme, is a ''G4'' special that strongly invokes the tone and style of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' rather than the parent ''Friendship Is Magic'' series. The plot is very simple and laid back SliceOfLife fare with low minimal stakes or adventure elements and there's [[NoAntagonist no villain]] or even an antagonist involved in this special whatsoever.


* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: Subverted. Rainbow Dash thinks Pinkie Pie trying to play "I Spy" on the trip, until Pinkie reveals sees a real rainbow in the distance (It's Hope Hollow's Rainbow billboard).
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I Spy with my little eye, a rainbow.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Great. We're playing that game now?
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' No, I really do spy a rainbow.



* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow. They are quickly proven wrong when the "rainbow" destroys their balloon and sends them crashing down.



-->'''Fluttershy:''' Wait for it...\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Moody Root:''' Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!

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-->'''Fluttershy:''' ->'''Fluttershy''': Wait for it...\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Moody Root:'''
it...
->[beat]
->'''Moody Root''':
Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!


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* WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque: Played for Laughs. During the balloon trip, which is taking longer than usual, Rainbow Dash asks why the group [[AreWeThereYet haven't arrived at Hope Hollow]] yet. Applejack surmises that they look the wrong left turn at the last cloud instead of right.


->'''Fluttershy''': Wait for it...
->[beat]
->'''Moody Root''': Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!

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->'''Fluttershy''': -->'''Fluttershy:''' Wait for it...
->[beat]
->'''Moody Root''':
it...\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Moody Root:'''
Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!

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* ThreeTwoOne: A variation happens when Pinkie and Fluttershy help the Hoofingtons ask Moody Root for his apricots so they can bake Apricot pies for the festival and share them.
->'''Fluttershy''': Wait for it...
->[beat]
->'''Moody Root''': Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!


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* VerbalTic: Wow, most of the Ponies of Hope Hollow sure are nice and speak in a Minnesotan accent, doncha' know?


* {{Revision}}: This special elaborates on the concept of "Hopeless Magic", which was first seen back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony Part 2]]" but wasn't referred to by name or explored then. Like Twilight before them, the Ponies of Hope Hollow lost all of their color due to the town collectively losing their hope. With help from the Mane Six, acts of kindness and friendship restored their hope, and restoring their color.

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* {{Revision}}: This special elaborates on the concept of "Hopeless Magic", which was first seen back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony Part 2]]" but wasn't referred to by name or explored then. Like Twilight before them, the Ponies ponies of Hope Hollow lost all of their color due to the town collectively losing their hope.crossing the DespairEventHorizon. With help from the Mane Six, acts of kindness and friendship restored their hope, and restoring their color.



* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Rainbow Roadtrip'' through its general LighterAndSofter plot, animation, and theme, strongly invokes ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' rather than the parent ''Friendship Is Magic'' series. The plot is very simple and laid back SliceOfLife fare and there's [[NoAntagonist no villain]] or even an antagonist involved in this special whatsoever.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Rainbow Roadtrip'' through its general LighterAndSofter plot, animation, and theme, strongly invokes ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' rather than the parent ''Friendship Is Magic'' series. The plot is very simple and laid back SliceOfLife fare with low stakes and there's [[NoAntagonist no villain]] or even an antagonist involved in this special whatsoever.


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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The main plot splits off into multiple subplots for the Rainbow Festival, before converging back into one come the end. Rarity helps Kerfuffle with her clothing designs, Applejack works with Torque Wrench, Rainbow Dash works with the Barrel Twins, Pinkie and Fluttershy help the Hoofingtons get along with Moody Root, while Twilight works with Petunia Petals on solving the mystery of the missing color.


* CallBack: Twilight eventually discovers that the townponies lost their colors because they had lost their hope. The same thing happened to her all the way back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony - Part 2]]", and similar phenomena can be observed in various other episodes as well.

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* CallBack: Twilight eventually discovers that the townponies lost their colors because they had lost their hope. The same thing happened to her all the way back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony - Part 2]]", and similar phenomena can be observed in various other episodes as well.



* {{Revision}}: This special elaborates on the concept of "Hopeless Magic", which was first seen back in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 Return Of Harmony- Part 2]]'' but wasn't referred to by name or explored then. Like Twilight before them, the Ponies of Hope Hollow lost all of their color due to the town collectively losing their hope. With help from the Mane Six, acts of kindness and friendship restored their hope, and restoring their color.

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* {{Revision}}: This special elaborates on the concept of "Hopeless Magic", which was first seen back in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return Of Harmony- of Harmony Part 2]]'' 2]]" but wasn't referred to by name or explored then. Like Twilight before them, the Ponies of Hope Hollow lost all of their color due to the town collectively losing their hope. With help from the Mane Six, acts of kindness and friendship restored their hope, and restoring their color.

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* JadeColoredGlasses: The constant disappointments of Hope Hollow's past rainbow festivals caused the citizens of Hope Hollow to lose hope and become jaded and apathetic towards each other, thus draining the town of all their color.


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* {{Revision}}: This special elaborates on the concept of "Hopeless Magic", which was first seen back in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 Return Of Harmony- Part 2]]'' but wasn't referred to by name or explored then. Like Twilight before them, the Ponies of Hope Hollow lost all of their color due to the town collectively losing their hope. With help from the Mane Six, acts of kindness and friendship restored their hope, and restoring their color.


* NotMeThisTime: When the Mane Six are about to take off on their balloon, they discover that there is too much weight that is keeping them down. They immediately glance over at [[LotsOfLuggage Rarity]], assuming she packed too much again. In actuality, Rarity packed very light and it was ''Twilight'' who packed too much this time around.



* WrongGenreSavvy: When the Mane Six are about to take off on their balloon, they discover that there is too much weight that is keeping them down. They immediately glance over at [[LotsOfLuggage Rarity]], assuming she packed too much again. In actuality, Rarity packed very light this time and it was ''Twilight'' who packed too much this time around.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Rainbow Roadtrip'' through its general LighterAndSofter plot, animation, and theme, strongly invokes ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' rather than the parent ''Friendship Is Magic'' series. The plot is very simple and laid back SliceOfLife fare and there's [[NoAntagonist no villain]] or even an antagonist involved in this special whatsoever.


Added DiffLines:

* WrongGenreSavvy: When the Mane Six are about to take off on their balloon, they discover that there is too much weight that is keeping them down. They immediately glance over at [[LotsOfLuggage Rarity]], assuming she packed too much again. In actuality, Rarity packed very light this time and it was ''Twilight'' who packed too much this time around.

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